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World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress 2012

Ottawa, April 17, 2012 – ACCC and Nova Scotia Community College are co-hosts of the World Congress 2012 of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP). Driving the Global Economy will stimulate dialogue on the profound influence of education on societies, economies and communities.

Cross-cutting themes of the World Congress include: Advanced Skills for Economic and Social Development; Local and Global Innovation; Indigenous Peoples; Access for the Disadvantaged; Sustainability; Transformational Leadership.

“Seven out of ten jobs in Canada now require post-secondary experience. Economic growth in all countries hinges on a greater portion of the population’s acquiring the advanced skills associated with higher education,” says James Knight, ACCC President and CEO, and Chair of WFCP. “Colleges are uniquely qualified to provide the learning necessary to fuel growth and create and sustain a high standard of living.”

Key presenters include: David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; Vicente Fox, President of Mexico (2000-2006); Mary Simon, OC, QC, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Zeferino Martins, Minister of Education, Mozambique, Africa; Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada; Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, Trinidad and Tobago; John Kao, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation; Dr. Jiang Bo, Secretary General, China Education Association for International Exchange; Roméo A. Dallaire, former Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda; Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; Yasna Provoste Campillay, former Minister of Planning, and of Education, Chile; Dr. Claudio Ricardo Gomes de Lima, Rector Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará (Brazil); Ann Buller, Chair ACCC Board and President, Centennial College.

One thousand institutional leaders, senior government officials, international partners, faculty and students will gather in Halifax to share, learn, and bring home valuable lessons and insights on higher learning and advanced skills.

The Congress will take place May 26 to 29, 2012 at the World Trade & Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Rosemary Lafrenière
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